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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:23 PM

That's pretty petty of the police though.....and it could be argued that they are intentionally trying to expose the protesters to noxious fumes, rather than idly exposing them.


It's a smart and legal move, IMO.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 06:45 PM

It's a smart and legal move, IMO.


Exhaust fumes contain high levels of CO and are considered dangerous when one is subjected to direct exposure. I don't see any legal argument that shows authorities are allowed to subject citizens to potentially dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning asa way to discourage those citizens' constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:02 PM

Exhaust fumes contain high levels of CO and are considered dangerous when one is subjected to direct exposure. I don't see any legal argument that shows authorities are allowed to subject citizens to potentially dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning asa way to discourage those citizens' constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public.


But there's no legal documentation that says they aren't.

Inversely, I can say that the cops are there to protect the protester's safety and are creating an area where the protesters are allowed to protest.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:07 PM

But there's no legal documentation that says they aren't.

Inversely, I can say that the cops are there to protect the protester's safety and are creating an area where the protesters are allowed to protest.


Is there a legal document that says police aren't allowed to expose people to radiation??

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:16 PM

Exhaust fumes contain high levels of CO and are considered dangerous when one is subjected to direct exposure. I don't see any legal argument that shows authorities are allowed to subject citizens to potentially dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning asa way to discourage those citizens' constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public.

You would be exposed to more carbon monoxide walking down the 600-1000 block West Georgia during rush hour.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:24 PM

You would be exposed to more carbon monoxide walking down the 600-1000 block West Georgia during rush hour.


A longer duration of relatively lowever exposure as they would be subjected to next to a tailpipe can be more harmful than a short duration of moderately higher levels of exposure that one may receive during a off to the side, one block walk down the 600-1000 West Georgia Street, during rush hour.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 07:30 PM

A longer duration of relatively lowever exposure as they would be subjected to next to a tailpipe can be more harmful than a short duration of moderately higher levels of exposure that one may receive during a off to the side, one block walk down the 600-1000 West Georgia Street, during rush hour.

No, not in this open location with the wind blowing.
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Posted 26 November 2011 - 09:42 PM

You would be exposed to more carbon monoxide walking down the 600-1000 block West Georgia during rush hour.

People commit suicide by running their car engine in a closed garage.

Whereas nobody has ever died from "hot boxing".

Edit: Oh never mind. You actually meant street traffic. I thought you were talking about the crowd in front of the Art Gallery.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 11:35 PM

But there's no legal documentation that says they aren't.

Inversely, I can say that the cops are there to protect the protester's safety and are creating an area where the protesters are allowed to protest.


Agree or disagree with the protesters, I don't understand how these tactics are not deplorable. It seems whenever people disagree with a group on something, the only means of dealing with the said group should be through the harshest means available by law. Kids blocking a path in a university? Pepper spray, and mace 'em good! McGill students linking arms in peaceful protest? Baton them in the ribs! History teacher joined the protesters? Pull her by the hair and lock that harpie up! Hippies on the White House lawn? Rifles at dawn. It's absurd. No sense of proportionate force anymore.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:09 AM

Agree or disagree with the protesters, I don't understand how these tactics are not deplorable. It seems whenever people disagree with a group on something, the only means of dealing with the said group should be through the harshest means available by law. Kids blocking a path in a university? Pepper spray, and mace 'em good! McGill students linking arms in peaceful protest? Baton them in the ribs! History teacher joined the protesters? Pull her by the hair and lock that harpie up! Hippies on the White House lawn? Rifles at dawn. It's absurd. No sense of proportionate force anymore.


I never said it's not petty or deplorable - even I have to say that this seems troubling in my opinion. I'm merely saying that this is a legal loophole which the officers used, and they're smart for doing so.

Look at both my posts - "It's a smart and legal move, IMO" as well as "But there's no legal documentation that says they aren't. | Inversely, I can say that the cops are there to protect the protester's safety and are creating an area where the protesters are allowed to protest." I'm talking about the legalities of this action, as well as providing an alternative commentary on the photo/video

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:19 AM

I never said it's not petty or deplorable - even I have to say that this seems troubling in my opinion. I'm merely saying that this is a legal loophole which the officers used, and they're smart for doing so.

Look at both my posts - "It's a smart and legal move, IMO" as well as "But there's no legal documentation that says they aren't. | Inversely, I can say that the cops are there to protect the protester's safety and are creating an area where the protesters are allowed to protest." I'm talking about the legalities of this action, as well as providing an alternative commentary on the photo/video


Sorry, I didn't mean to imply you directly. I'm talking about the general focus of these discussions in the various OWS threads. The focus tends to be on the legality of the abuse, rather than the nature of our governments that allow such abuse to be legal. That's what I meant to comment on, but I know I wasn't really on point in my first post.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:21 AM

No, not in this open location with the wind blowing.


Can you guarantee constant winds conditions removing particulate matter away from these people? If not, then the police are neglecting their inherent duty to protect the citizenry by exposing them to toxins and placing their health at risk. Their neglect could be mitigated by moving a few meters away.

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 12:59 AM

Can you guarantee constant winds conditions removing particulate matter away from these people? If not, then the police are neglecting their inherent duty to protect the citizenry by exposing them to toxins and placing their health at risk. Their neglect could be mitigated by moving a few meters away.

Yes given the location. You are at more risk downtown in rush hour and there the risk is infinitesimal.
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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:31 AM

Man Behind Occupy Movement Criticizes Canadian Counterpart

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TORONTO - Protesters hail it as a life-changing experience while pundits acknowledge it as a driving force in the national conversation, but the man who helped launch the Canadian incarnation of the "Occupy" movement says his adopted home country didn't execute his vision the way he hoped.

Kalle Lasn, co-founder of the Vancouver-based magazine that touched off the international campaign, said the protest against fiscal imbalance and corporate influence suffered from media misrepresentation and a comparative lack of energy during its first month on Canadian soil.

Canada's activists first took to the streets on Oct. 15, three months after Adbusters Media Foundation published a provocative ad exhorting readers to "Occupy Wall St." They were a month behind protesters in New York who took that call to heart by setting up camp in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. While protesters from Halifax to Vancouver emulated their global counterparts by pitching tents in public spaces and brainstorming ways to challenge the status quo, Lasn said the efforts he witnessed lacked some of the passion that characterized rallies in the United States.

"I must admit, there is something kind of special about Canada," Lasn said in a telephone interview. "Somehow I found that many of the things that were happening in the U.S., there seems to be more vigour and spunk in some of the occupations there."

Lasn's impressions of the comparative lassitude stemmed from visits to the Occupy site in his adopted home town of Vancouver, which _ along with other urban campsites in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Edmonton _ was forcibly shut down by city authorities earlier this week.

While the site attracted its share of energized, politically engaged youth who the Estonian-born Lasn describes as "the new left," he also noted a stronger presence from fringe elements that has given left wing movements a bad name in the past, he said.

"I just had a feeling that there was a little bit too much of the loony left there," Lasn said. "I had a feeling that we needed more of the young, new-left spunk that I felt was happening in Zuccotti Park. I didn't see all that much of it here in Vancouver."

Lasn is quick to lay much of the blame on mainstream media, who he accuses of depicting the protesters as lawless rebels and their camp sites as dens of iniquity.

By zeroing in on incidents of drug use and crime _ which take place in staggering numbers every day _ Canada's news outlets failed to communicate the key message at the heart of the "Occupy movement," he said.

"The Canadian media really dropped the ball on this one," Lasn said. "Instead of seeing it as a movement of young people fighting for a different kind of future, which is so beautiful and so valid, they basically saw it as a pesky irritation that had to be got rid of."

That negative coverage may have motivated authorities to crack down on occupation sites in recent weeks and forced protesters themselves to lose focus as they fretted about when eviction notices would be handed down, he said.

"It's been a bit of a dismal few weeks for the movement, especially in Canada," he said. "In Zuccotti Park and other places there's still a lot of positive feeling, but here in Canada, somehow we did lose the high ground. . . . we finished up defending ourselves against people who didn't like us."

Protesters themselves concede that putting an end to the urban occupations may revitalize the dialog at the heart of the movement.

Jamie Klinger, who spent a month producing works of art at the Montreal protest site, said many of his fellow activists had to devote their time to ensuring the camp site was sanitary and stocked with food.

Now they're free to refocus their efforts, and Klinger said they've put together an extensive to-do list.

"This is just the beginning, I can't wait to see what happens a month from now. Occupy Montreal is going to be everywhere," Klinger said.

Klinger's enthusiasm was widely echoed among the youth who Megan Boler encountered during the week she spent at the Occupy site in Toronto.

The University of Toronto media studies professor surveyed protesters across North America as part of a project analyzing young people's engagement with social movements and found similar sentiments on both sides of the border.

Half the protesters she interviewed said they have become deeply engaged with politics for the first time in their lives, saying the movement was the cause they'd waited a lifetime to support, she added.

"I actually felt there was a very similar sense of commitment and spirit and analysis of the impact of globalization and corporate greed," she said. "The 'I've had it" feeling is quite similar between the rallies I attended in Toronto and the rallies I attended in New York and San Francisco."

The Canadian protesters were motivated by issues unique to their country such as rising levels of student debt and concerns for those who have fallen through the social safety net, she said.

Bob Hackett, professor of communication at Simon Fraser University, said that could help account for the more mellow mood Lasn sensed.

The political polarization and economic turmoil that helped galvanize the movement south of the border is lacking here, Hackett said, adding Canadians have more political options and likely feel less disillusioned as a result.

"I don't think the same degree of alienation exists here politically, and I would say the same economically," he said. "You don't have millions of people losing their homes because of the regulations in the banking system and other strengths of the economy."

That comparative calm has its bright side, Hackett said, adding none of the Canadian urban occupations descended into violence as they did in U.S. locales like New York and Oakland.

Lasn himself had previously said he anticipated the Canadian "Occupy" movement would be more low-key than its U.S. cousin, which has begun to spawn concrete policy changes that show no sign of gaining traction here. Seattle city council unanimously passed a resolution to revisit its municipal banking practices, while Occupy protesters joined in a large-scale push to defeat anti-union legislation in Ohio earlier this month.

Still, Lasn has no doubt that the Canadian movement has done great good by stimulating debate and forcing a new generation of citizens to think critically about the world they live in.

"It's thrown a curve ball into the young psyche of Canada," he said, adding the people who slept in parks this month will spend the winter brainstorming to launch the movement's next phase in the spring.

Klinger agreed.

"Whether it physically occupies in tents or does it in some other manifestation isn't relevant _ it's our message that's relevant."


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Posted 27 November 2011 - 01:51 AM

There's nothing wrong with roving protests and looking for ways to increase awareness. I think much like the critical mass protesters, the Occupy Vancouver has the right message, just the wrong way to get public sympathy. For example if Critical Mass rode on the bike lanes and showed everyone that they don't tie up traffic, obey the traffic laws, and that cycling is not only healthy for the riders but good for the environment. But no. They ride to block traffic and transit. So as both a cyclist, motorcyclist and driver, why would I sympathize with them? From what I can see they are painting a bad image of cyclists. (Sort of like the idiot who rides his bicycle the opposite way on a one way street in Vancouver)

If the folks in the occupy movement simply protested at Banks, Financial institutions, Large Box Stores like Wal-Mart, that would send a message, and inform the public of their concerns.
Camping out at a court house, or in front of an art gallery, or a park does nothing. Except make them look like fools.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 07:57 PM

Police say the man had chained his bicycle several feet off the ground on a fence and refused to clear out. He was taken to jail. :picard:

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Protester arrested at Vancouver Art Gallery


A protester was arrested Tuesday at the Vancouver Art Gallery for allegedly breaching an injunction barring Occupy demonstrators from the site.

Police say the man had chained his bicycle several feet off the ground on a fence and refused to clear out. He was taken to jail.

On Nov. 18, more than a month after a tent city was established at the art gallery, a B.C. Supreme Court justice granted the city's request for a court order forcing Occupy Vancouver protesters to clear out their encampment.

The order also included a provision allowing police to arrest anyone impeding visitors trying to access art gallery property. Protesters complied with the order, only to move to the provincial courthouse one block away. A second court injunction forced the Occupy demonstration out of that site the next day, and protesters have not set up a new encampment since then.

City officials were on site at the art gallery Tuesday to clear out tarps, garbage and personal items they say have recently appeared in violation of the injunction. About 15 protesters were at the gallery around 12 p.m., according to police.

The group continues to hold general assemblies every night at the art gallery.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:10 PM

Two more arrests Friday at the VAG.

Two men were arrested outside the Vancouver Art Gallery — the former encampment site of Occupy Vancouver — Friday for allegedly threatening a city worker.

Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Jana McGuinness said a City of Vancouver male employee had been putting up “No Trespassing” signs on a newly erected fence when the two men “allegedly took exception and verbally threatened the man.”

Both men were taken to jail and police will be recommending charges of uttering threats, said McGuinness.

One of the men arrested on Friday had also been taken into custody three days ago. On Tuesday, city officials had moved in to remove new tarps that had been put up in front of the Art Gallery, which violated a Supreme Court injunction that prohibited structures from being erected on the site. Police said the arrested man had chained his bike to a fence and refused to clear out. His case is currently before the courts.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/arrested+former+Occupy+Vancouver+site+alleged+threats/5804422/story.html#ixzz1fWWvZtS8

And the BC SC Justice who issued the injunctions against Occupy Vancouver has been raised to the BC Court of Appeal.

B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie, who recently handled the Occupy Vancouver injunction case, was appointed to the B.C. Court of Appeal Friday.

Madam Justice MacKenzie was admitted to the bar in B.C. in 1978 and was a federal Crown prosecutor until 1990.

She was appointed to the Provincial Court in 1990 and elevated in 1996 to the B.C. Supreme Court, where she became Associate Chief Justice in 2010.

The federal appointment is effective Dec. 31.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 06:17 PM

"It's all a lie; look into the events of 9/11." It's a shame that idiots like this guy have to lump conspiracy theories in with legitimate issues. She was just doing her job.

On the other hand, it's ridiculous to tell them that they can't interrupt a broadcast. Sure the guy might be an a-hole, but he has every right to do what he did. If we aren't allowed to inconvenience people, how can we protest? Is the point of a protest not to raise awareness for an issue and ultimately spark societal change?

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 03:24 AM

The BC Federation of Labour continues to support the desires of the Occupy Wall Street movement for a more fair and just society and an end to the growing gap between the extremely wealthy and everyone else.

In the past few days, the BC Federation of Labour has learned that an Occupy Vancouver group plans to obstruct the operations of one or more Vancouver area ports on Monday, December 12, as part of a coordinated west coast action.

The BC Federation of Labour does not support this action, or any action by the Occupy Vancouver group at Vancouver area ports that seeks to prevent our members from carrying out their assigned duties and working safely, and notes that the demonstration will not constitute a picket line as defined in the B.C. Federation of Labour’s picket line policy.

The BC Federation of Labour encourages Occupy Vancouver and its supporters to find a means of protesting that highlights the disparity in economic wealth without preventing our members from working safely and earning their incomes.

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Huh...here's something for ya. So what's OV going to do? Stand in solidarity with other west-coast Occupiers, or in solidarity with BCFed unionists?

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 08:12 AM

"It's all a lie; look into the events of 9/11." It's a shame that idiots like this guy have to lump conspiracy theories in with legitimate issues. She was just doing her job.

On the other hand, it's ridiculous to tell them that they can't interrupt a broadcast. Sure the guy might be an a-hole, but he has every right to do what he did. If we aren't allowed to inconvenience people, how can we protest? Is the point of a protest not to raise awareness for an issue and ultimately spark societal change?

I would think the point should be to get the message out and garner support.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 09:10 AM

Exhaust fumes contain high levels of CO and are considered dangerous when one is subjected to direct exposure. I don't see any legal argument that shows authorities are allowed to subject citizens to potentially dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning asa way to discourage those citizens' constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public.


I agree.

Except for the "constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public" - yes, people have the right to protest - as long as it doesn't break any laws.

It's against local by-laws to camp over night in a non campground designated park or square.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 11:03 AM

I agree.

Except for the "constitutional rights to peacefully assemble in public" - yes, people have the right to protest - as long as it doesn't break any laws.

It's against local by-laws to camp over night in a non campground designated park or square.

It is not that simple.

Sitting over all laws (federal, provincial and municipal) is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms under which laws which breach the Charter are of no force and effect.

We saw that in the decision concerning the right of the Falun Gong to maintain its 24 hour protest and erect a structure. In that case the court ruled the structure had "expressive content" and was protected.

Similarly there is a court decision which found the no overnight camping by-law in Victoria invalid in certain circumstances.
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:42 PM

An attempted anti-fracking occupation of a couple of energy companies in downtown Vancouver resulted in an arrest.

Police moved in on a group of protesters Friday afternoon as they tried to occupy the offices of energy companies linked to the controversial use of fracking.

The protesters, some wearing masks, tried to occupy the Apache Canada offices in a building in the 200-block Burrard Street.

Police blocked access and some pushing, shoving and yelling ensued.

The marchers then set off for 1040 W. Georgia, where Horizon Industries oil and gas company has its offices.

The protest group managed to get into the lobby for a short time before setting off for the Vancouver Art Gallery, said VPD spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness.

"Nearly a dozen protesters were masked, dressed all in black, and were carrying black flags," said McGuinness in a release. "Protesters dressed in this manner have been linked to violent and criminal acts in the past."

One man was arrested for breaching the peace after he allegedly tried to break into one of the offices, which had been locked down.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method for extracting oil and natural gas by forcing water and chemicals deep into rock formations. The process has been criticized for its impact on the environment.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/arrested+protesters+march+Vancouver+energy+firms+linked+fracking/5842111/story.html#ixzz1gAbAFdQV
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 02:44 PM

Occupy Vancouver is attempting to re-energize what seems to have become a moribund movement.

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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:24 PM

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At least they know to end it in time to watch the Canucks game ::D
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Posted 10 December 2011 - 03:36 PM

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Bigger bust than Alex Daigle...

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:11 PM

Occupy Vancouver is apparently going ahead with its plan to blockade the Port of Vancouver. Perhaps the VPD should decide not to show up and let the longshoreman handle things. ;)

B.C. Federation President Jim Sinclair was all in favour of Occupy Vancouver's tactics in the past but now...


“While we support the aims of Occupy, this specific tactic we don’t,” he said. “But I’m not clear what the tactic is because we haven’t heard.

“The bottom line is we don’t think shutting down the port is going to get the support of the 99 per cent.

“Taking away someone’s paycheque for a day in these circumstances doesn’t make sense.”


It all depends upon whose paycheque is being affected, eh Jimmy??? :lol: No pain, no gain.

Occupy Vancouver is taking its message to the waterfront.

Since being booted from the front steps of the Art Gallery, Occupy Vancouver has taken its show on the road, and on Monday groups vow to shut down Port Metro Vancouver and six other Pacific seaports as part of the ‘West Coast Coordinated Port Shutdown.’

“From our community to yours, we need you,” reads Occupy Vancouver’s call to arms, with the goal of shutting down the port’s entry point near New Brighton Park.

Locally the group plans two events — raising a banner at Deltaport, where expansion is looming, then heading to New Brighton Park to shut down the entry point nearby.

The occupiers said their action is “a call to stand in solidarity with the longshoremen of Longview, Wash., who are courageously fighting union-busting activities by the grain company EGT.”

“The ports are public — they belong to everyone, including us,” say the occupiers. “If Canada is a democracy and a free country then we have every right to go to the port and protest.”

The New Brighton entrance to the port was essentially a public road until a few years ago, then gates and entry points were installed to control movement in and out of the port.

As Canada’s busiest port, Port Metro Vancouver, on an average day, moves over 300,000 tonnes of cargo.

The B.C. Federation of Labour, which has union members who’ll be manning the gates at the port, doesn’t want Occupy Vancouver to block port activity.

“We’ve asked them to consider other ways of protesting besides that,” said B.C. Federation President Jim Sinclair of a decision that was passed by officers of the federation and supported by two of the unions at the port — the longshoremen and the Canadian Auto Workers union.

“While we support the aims of Occupy, this specific tactic we don’t,” he said. “But I’m not clear what the tactic is because we haven’t heard.

“The bottom line is we don’t think shutting down the port is going to get the support of the 99 per cent.

“Taking away someone’s paycheque for a day in these circumstances doesn’t make sense.”

The occupiers also hope to shut down the six strategic U.S. ports of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

The group plans a Deltaport event at 9 a.m. — and then will meet at Callister Park in Vancouver before proceeding to the New Brighton entrance.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:23 AM

At least they know to end it in time to watch the Canucks game ::D



I remember that game and I was caught in traffic for over 1 hour that normally takes only 15 minutes to go to the game! These people are truly annoying!!!

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:06 AM

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Before the game...


Occupy Vancouver: "Support public television, give CBC more money, down with corporate TV!"

After the game...

Canucks fans: "Get Ron MacLean off the air! Don Cherry hates us! Down with CBC!"

I think CBC ended the day with more enemies than supporters.

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The greatest segue into a weather segment.

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 10:01 PM

Five arrests at the Port of Vancouver blockade.


Five people were arrested Monday afternoon in protests at three Metro Vancouver ports.

The Occupy Vancouver action was intended to draw attention to the potentially disastrous environmental impact of oil sands traffic through the Lower Mainland as well as the corporatization of the ports.

It was also to show solidarity with Occupy movements up and down the west coast, which organized simultaneous shutdowns of about a dozen ports from San Diego, Calif., to Anchorage, Alaska.

A noon march of more than a hundred protesters came to a brief standoff with police at the Vancouver port’s Commissioner Road entrance — just north of the PNE fairgrounds — and was bookended by smaller blockades of two entry points further west in the morning and afternoon.

Organizers said the main protest was scaled back after some local unions withdrew their support for the incendiary action. “By holding off today we hope to foster support and solidarity with unions in the future,” said spokesman Maxim Winther, 23.

Around 1 p.m., about 100 people marshalled in Callister Park across from Hastings Racecourse and then marched north to the Commissioner Road entrance. They were greeted at the port by police, who formed a line across the road barring the protesters from entering the port area.

Maracas and a pounding drumbeat were the soundtrack to a tense yet almost comical standoff as protesters debated their next move. Interactions were cordial between protesters and police, who had a police boat standing by as well as an officer filming the protest from a nearby condo development.

Eventually, the protesters marched back to the park and disappeared, only to reconvene around 3:30 p.m. at East Hastings Street and Clark Drive, where a brief blockade had kicked off the day of action early Monday morning.

One 37-year-old woman and four men -- ages 22, 25, 28 and 33 -- were arrested for breach of the peace at the Clark Drive port entrance after refusing police orders to leave and indicating they wanted to be arrested, said Const. Lindsey Houghton on the Vancouver police department. The other protesters left on their own, continuing to disrupt traffic by blocking traffic, Houghton said.

All five were released from custody at around 6 p.m. and no criminal charges were laid.

Late afternoon, port spokeswoman Katherine Bamford said despite claims by occupiers that the day’s blockades had stopped the majority of longshoremen from going in to work, the port was functioning normally with two entrances open.

“The port’s been open for business all day,” Bamford said.

Peter Xotta, vice-president of planning and operations at the port, he respected the people’s right to protest, but that, “Our job at Port Metro Vancouver is to ensure that things keep moving.”

Organizers claim they only went ahead with the morning blockades after receiving the approval of rank-and-file longshoremen.

We had some members of the longshoremen come forward and let us know that they actually were really in support of us and that we should go ahead with this action,” said spokeswoman Mya Wollf. “Because those workers were in favour of this we decided to do a morning action that was a bit more assertive.”

The protesters purposely blockaded an entrance used by unionized employees who could take the day off with pay, leaving independent contractors to continue working as they pleased, Wollf said.

The morning action began in solidarity with port workers involved in a labour dispute with the EGT grain company in Longview, Wash. Wollf said.

“We want them to know that there’s a lot of injustice going on with the workers,” Wollf said. “Maybe not so much here but definitely throughout the states.”

“In the U.S., longshoremen are fighting a long and difficult battle for wages and rights against the global elite,” reads an event description on Occupy Vancouver’s website. “Why should we stand in solidarity with them here in Canada? The answer is simple. The economy is global, and our neighbour’s fate will soon be ours.”

The B.C. Federation of Labour, whose union members work at the port, said earlier this week it didn’t support the blockade.

Union president Jim Sinclair said while the union supports the wider Occupy movement, it didn’t believe blockading the port to be a good way to engender public support.

Port Metro Vancouver moves over 300,000 tonnes of cargo daily.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Occupy+Vancouver+rally+stops+trucks+from+reaching+port/5846898/story.html#ixzz1gO6JIgVm
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